After reading Gamespot's review there's only one conclusion - they've literaly fucked up and broke the game by adding fucking MTs and lootboxes which are tied to progression and grinding you have to do to progress in the main story. Wow, just WOW! But um... here's the thing, i very well remember the DiRT 2 having the same goddamn ussue except that in this game there was basically no story... well, in the usual sence of the world.
So here's how it worked in DiRT 2 for eveyone who haven't played the game. Even though the game looked stunning and amazing with really cool looking tracks and all that.... there was like 200+ (two-fucking-hundred-p-l-u-sss!) events in the game in total you need to complete to 100% the game and achive the best rank in SP and so, here you are completing the same fucking events over and over and over and over again till the end - yep, i did it. I mean, hell, the game by the 100th even far overstayed its welcome and you basicaly become so good at the game that no one can even match you. So the question is - what's the fucking point in doing 100+ more if no one can beat you now? I mean, if you happen to really like the game i guess you can do 20-30 more, but then even such a man can clearly see that there's no point in doing this at all.
And here we are, 2017, NFS Payback was released and has the same shit which also (and as if that wasn't enough to kill the game) tied to MT's and lootboxes which tied to story progression. Now what the fuck is this if not an absolute worst thing that could've happened to such a game? I mean, Not only do you absolutely have to grind to beat the goddamn game, but it was also has been developed and MTs and loot boxes was implemented in such a way, that you always have an option to just skip this shit and to encourage you to buy your way out of this which i'm sure many people will consider to do if they even bought this goddamn game at the first place.
I just can't support this abomination and i do honestly think that this could have been so much better game without all of this shit in it, but EA as they usually do - EA-ed it up and killed all the good in it. So FUCK EA and everyone who supports it and their anti consumer policies & practices.